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BIAFRA: Ohanaeze Spokesman Raises Alarm Over Death Threats from Simon Ekpa’s Group

The National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alex Ogbonnia, has reported receiving death threats from individuals claiming allegiance to Simon Ekpa. Ogbonnia disclosed that over the past four days, he has been bombarded with calls from unknown individuals accusing him of plotting to kill Ekpa and threatening to kill him first.

Ogbonnia dismissed these accusations as baseless and absurd, stating, “It is common knowledge that I don’t have the capacity to kill. I am neither trained as a soldier nor as a police officer or in any paramilitary organization with a duty to respond to threats to life and property. At my age, I cannot even kill a fly, talk more of a global Leviathan in the person of Mr. Simon Ekpa.”

As the spokesperson for Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ogbonnia emphasized his duty to uphold the interests of the Igbo people and the organization’s stance on national issues. He noted that the persistent sit-at-home orders in the Southeast have caused significant harm to the Igbo community.

Ogbonnia clarified that Ohanaeze Ndigbo is a persuasive organization, not coercive, and cannot enforce an end to the sit-at-home orders. He called on the federal government to address any security threats posed by individuals or groups, emphasizing that Ohanaeze has consistently appealed to Simon Ekpa to engage in dialogue for peace in the region.

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He reiterated that Ohanaeze Ndigbo, led by Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Iwuanyanwu, remains committed to reminding Igbo youths that their struggle should not harm their own people. Ogbonnia stressed, “The primary duty of a freedom fighter is to defend and protect his people, and not the contrary. It is inconceivable how the destruction of the Igbo economy through the intermittent sit-at-home syndrome will resonate with the central philosophy and aspirations of the Igbo in the present Nigeria.”

Assuring Simon Ekpa of Ohanaeze’s interest in his well-being, Ogbonnia refuted any involvement in conspiracies to harm him, attributing the threats to mischief-makers. He urged for unity and cooperation among all Igbo, stating, “Part of our duty, as leaders, is to appeal to our sons of all persuasions that we can work together in the interest of the Igbo.”